Chopin and Liszt were two of the greatest pianist/composers of the Romantic era, and both got their start at intimate salons and private soirees, where a pianist would play for the small group gathered. A dazzling technique was particularly prized at these recitals. As the piano itself evolved to be capable of making a bigger sound, pieces written for the instrument increasingly called on the pianist to sound like an entire orchestra, with a range of dynamics, emotions and articulations. Pianist Cecile Licad plays Chopin’s Scherzo for piano No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 & Nocturne for piano No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1, and Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for piano, S. 514 (arr. Busoni).
Recorded live in the Tapestry Room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is pleased to share this concert under a Creative Commons Music Sharing License. For details see www.gardnermuseum.org.